My Journey #1: Distraction

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Blog entry by TexasUnicorne posted 01-09-2018 04:44 PM 548 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So, I’ve built a few benches, a porch glider-swing (with cooler!), upcycled some cieling fan blades into a table, and then I decided that I would build a loft bed for my 15 yo daughter. I would build it with some lumber and a couple of dressers & nightstands that I have on hand. I researched it, looked at numerous plans & videos online, and thought, “That should be fairly straightforward & simple. I should be able to accomplish that in a couple of days.” Well, let me just say that while it is pretty straightforward, it hasn’t been simple and on day #5, I’m still working on it. The universe, which is usually benevolent & often magnanimous towards me, decided that patience is a lesson I need.

Recent events and daily life have conspired against me & my shed, requiring my energy & attention be spent elsewhere. With many interruptions and being unable to get into the flow, I find myself making ridiculous mistakes and rethinking my decisions. I may just disassemble what I’ve got so far and start anew. I don’t want, at the end of this project, to find that the quality has suffered from my distraction.

Anyone else ever experienced something similar? If so, any advice?

-- *The only people who don't fail are those who don't try. ~Albert Einstein *

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#1 posted 01-09-2018 09:09 PM

This happens to me a lot, especially when glue is involved as I don’t have the patience to allow the glue to dry. Also, I’m not good at planning every single stage so usually only think about the immediate task. My solutions are:
1, to have multiple projects on the go so that when one is drying, I can keep busy with something else
2, to spend an hour or two every day in the shop (say after work) rather than the whole weekend so that I get done what I have thought about and leave the next part to the next day. I often find myself thinking of better ways of doing the next part rather than trying to plan on the fly.

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#2 posted 01-28-2018 05:30 PM

Thanks so much for the feedback…. I usually have a couple of projects going at once for similar reasons. I so hear you on the thinking through the various stages! I’m constantly thinking about what I need to do next…

-- *The only people who don't fail are those who don't try. ~Albert Einstein *

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#3 posted 01-29-2018 03:25 PM

LEARNING I researched it, looked at numerous plans

It can be helpful to adopt a single plan. It might be a combination of several and condensed into one but a single drawn/printed plan will help you keep on track thru the various distractions. A physical plan can help eliminate waste, also.

The videos are great for technique but remember, in woodworking, there are always more than one way to accomplish the same goal. Don’t force yourself to use someone else’s procedure if you feel you know a better way. Remember, many of the video makers may have no more experience that you.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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